Author Archives: Michael Johnston

An Encounter of the Organ Kind

Chance ‘Encounter’ Leads to Lifelong Endeavor for Organist From Worccester, Massachusetts, we see a lovely article and concert announcement on telegram.com for Monica Czausz playing at Mechanics Hall. Monica Czausz – Worcester Organ Concert Series Youth Showcase When: Noon Aug. … Continue reading

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The Sound of the Organ Can Leave One Awestruck

This is a fun article to read and brings back a lot of memories for me and, I suspect, for you as well. It’s by Val A Villanueva in The Philippine Star, not the place you expect this kind of … Continue reading

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Marshall & Ogletree Opus 11 Scheduled for Kravis Center

Dreyfoos Gift Buys Kravis $1.5M Digital Organ The Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, has chosen to have installed a Marshall & Ogletree organ for the Dreyfoos Concert Hall. It will have 5 manuals, 200+ stops, and 96 audio … Continue reading

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Manifested Spirits, Royal March, Holy Mary, and a Festival Piece

Greetings, everyone. For the month of August, I am proud to present my largest organ work which was written for a now-destroyed fresco here in Charlotte. The other pieces include music by an organist who has “Handel” as one of … Continue reading

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Who Enjoys and Attends Organ Recitals?

Who Enjoys and Attends Organ Recitals? by Andrew Lawrence I recently read this comment from an organ builder: “I rarely attend organ concerts these days.” I’ve noticed that organists and AGO members frequently are not seen at organ recitals. I … Continue reading

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Organ in First Presbyterian, Knoxville, Removed for Work

53-year-old Church Pipe Organ Gets Overhaul First, be prepared to suspend your disbelief at the words from the minister and the misuse of hot-button words from the television “reporter.” An organ usually does not get an “overhaul.” This reporter simply … Continue reading

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Pipe Organ Porn

Pipe Organ Porn After hearing stories of “Architectural Porn,” “Ruin Porn,” and others including the oddly-named “Revenge Porn,” I decided that Google was indeed our friend in a similar endeavor. The link below will show you images found by Google … Continue reading

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Vogelpohl and Spaeth from 1908 Beautifully Intact

Facts about the St John’s Church 1908 Pipe Organ This unsigned article in the Watertown Public Opinion contains some interesting information but no photo. They published a great photo of it earlier this July, so I am presenting that. The … Continue reading

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New Biography: Richard Keys Biggs

I have added a biography and photos of Richard Keys Biggs to my collection. He was a handsome and fashionable organist! Click on “Biographies” above or click here.

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Guess the Organ Builder and Then Read the Article

Show to Pipe Up Musical History Look at the wood and the shape of the console. Notice the two keyboards, the top shorter than the bottom. See the stop tabs arranged in one row.  Can you guess which builder made … Continue reading

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